Marine and coastal environments bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the Australian community. Preserving these benefits while supporting new enterprises requires understanding and managing the environmental impacts of human activities. This hub research is tackling some of the barriers to sustainable development, with a focus on regional planning in northern regions and offshore wind energy in southern Australia. We’re bringing together data holders and research-users to optimise and expand knowledge about important species, habitats and impacts, and fostering collaborative approaches to research and planning.